Info Tech, Law

This site, using Google maps to show the location of all convicted sex offenders in Utah has me really freaked out. On the one hand, having entered the sample address: 185 S State, Salt Lake City, UT 84111″ to test the service out, I’m shocked at how many people are listed in the neighborhood. But it is even more disturbing to see their pictures, and descriptions of the crimes they were convicted of. I can understand parents wanting to know if there is a child abuser living near them, but I also wonder: do we really want to brand people for life? Isn’t there some concept of having paid your debt” and served your sentence”? With internet tools making it this easy to identify people, they might as well have a scarlet letter tattooed on their foreheads…

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